Goa still exhibits the cultural influences of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants. The Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats region, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
Students on the William & Mary Goa summer program spend five weeks exploring globalization and development in India. Excursions during the program may include Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley” of India, and an organic coffee plantation. Course-related excursions to the spice plantations and points of interest around Goa will enhance the student’s understanding of the economic and cultural background of the region.
Students will be housed at the International Centre of Goa or hotels while on excursions. All meals are provided on-site (included in the program fee).
All Summer 2017 students will be enrolled in:
LING 406: Language and Society
SOCL 313: Globalization & Intl Development (GER 4B)
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Bengaluru and Goa and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
W&M Faculty: Iyabo Osiapem
Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies and Linguistics